Believe it or not, winter is just around the corner. As you start pulling your heavy clothes out of storage, keep your canine buddy in mind. Fido may have a fur coat on, but he’ll still feel the effects of the cold! A local Pasadena, MD vet discusses getting your dog prepared for winter in this article.
If your furry pal has a thin coat, he’ll probably be more comfortable with a doggy sweater on cold days. Go through Fido’s wardrobe, and discard anything that he’s outgrown, as well as anything that is soiled or torn. Make sure your pet’s clothes are clean, and do not restrict his vision or movement. Avoid anything that is tight, hot, or itchy, as well as things with small parts like buttons that your pet may try to eat.
Keeping Fido’s claws trimmed is very important! Overgrown nails are quite uncomfortable for Fido. Your pooch may have a hard time getting traction on slippery surfaces, like ice. You may also want to use paw balm or wax to protect your dog’s paws. Snow, salt, sand, and ice can all cause painful abrasions on your pet’s feet. Stock up on pet-friendly de-icing agents.
Make sure that Fido has a warm, cozy bed to snuggle up in. You may want to add some warm blankets to your dog’s bed. Senior dogs and pups with thin fur may also appreciate thermal pet blankets.
Does your canine friend spend a lot of time outdoors? If so, he may need to eat a bit more than usual in winter, as he’ll burn extra calories just staying warm. This also applies to active dogs. Don’t go overboard, though: you don’t want Fido becoming obese! Ask your vet for nutritional recommendations.
Cold weather can be hard on some pets. If Fido has arthritis or hip dysplasia, or suffers from another bone/joint issue, the weather may aggravate his condition. Ask your vet for specific care advice, including supplements and pain management options.
All dogs have their own unique grooming needs. If Fido needs monthly baths, you may want to take him to a groomer in winter, when it’s too cold to walk him as he dries.
Please contact us, your local Pasadena, MD animal hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!